Bleak, muddy and brooding it might well have been. Freezing it certainly was. It was also buzzing, not least in anticipation of the England Athletics mystery gift for every Senior finisher, as this 50th season final fixture got underway.
Despite the minor earthworks going on around us, That Hill certainly hadn’t got any smaller since last time, as around 170 women lined up, stepped back, and set off for its greasy north face. We saved our best showing for last as seven Woodettes started the race: 3.7 miles in 2 identical laps - flat but for one steep, stepped climb up to The Palace and a swooshing downhill. Made nice and slippery after a wettish few weeks.